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While some may think this is a new issue, it is not and its roots go back six years when Commissioner Wendell Marlowe served for nearly seven months after moving out of his district.

According to local media reports in January 2008, Marlowe, who was then commissioner of District 1, did not submit his resignation until November 2007, almost five months after he had moved out of his district.

Property records showed that Marlowe sold his former home on Hollywood Drive on June 29, 2007 and that he purchased a new home on Oak Hall Drive the same day.

The new home was located in District 3, which at the time as represented by the late Fred Weston.

Despite his move, former Mayor Robert Dedman said he was not aware of it until November and that Marlowe told him he planned to resign in December. Yet, Marlowe did not attend the December 2007 meeting and his resignation was not on the county commission’s agenda until January 2008 – seven months after he had left his district.

Marlowe told the media at the time that waited to resign because “so many people at the courthouse and commissioners asked me to hang on until August. They would prefer I stick around and allow the public to elect my replacement instead of them picking someone.

“I was fine with that and still willing to do that.”

However, he noted that the mood of the county commission had changed and that “there are individuals who do not feel that it is a good arrangement. And I don’t want to do anything to make the county look bad. I’m more than happy to follow the rules. The people elected me, and I still felt I served those people.”

Fast forward to 2012 when former District 2 Commissioner Stephanie McDonald resigned at the July 16 county commission meeting. Allegations were made that McDonald and her children moved in with her parents, who did not live in her district, for the final two months that she served before moving out of state due to her husband’s job transfer.

However, no one has brought forth any evidence to prove or disprove these allegations.

The county commission voted at the time to leave McDonald’s District 2 seat vacant until the next General Election, which was in November. At that time, Terry Duncan was elected to fill the vacancy.

Then comes the latest situation involving former county commissioner Adam Bannach and when did he vacant his former residence. (See main story, "24-page ethics complaint filed with DA.)

Correspondent Amelia Morrison Hipps may be contacted at amhipps@downhomepolitics.com.

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